Leuven is a small city in Belgium with a young population that creates a lively atmosphere among the Gothic architecture buildings. The historical charm of Leuven attracts international students as much as its top universities do. Earn your degree abroad in Leuven and discover a mix of cultures in an educational centre with plenty of accredited programmes!
The universities from Leuven have a high significance on a national level and employers take them into consideration every time a graduate knocks on their door. One of the higher education institutions has a strong presence on the research market and influences the local economy. The city is home to biotech companies, an academic hospital and a research centre.
In Leuven there also are governmental institutions, transport corporations and a large international producer of beverages.
Leuven’s urban life is mainly focused on the city centre, Oude Markt, the place where students prefer to spend their evenings socializing in cafes, bars, restaurants and other venues. However, during the weekends most students go home, so entertainment events usually are held on Thursdays. Local cuisine is attractive, as well as the rich offer of beverages. Grote Markt is also an entertainment hub.
Some of the city’s cultural hotspots are the M – Museum Leuven, the Higher Institute of Philosophy or the university library of Leuven. If you wish to take a walk around, you may admire the architecture of the Collegiate church, the city hall, Namestraat building, Fonske statue, the University Hall, the Totem statue or the Large Beguinage - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other outdoor destinations could be Abbey Park or Saint-Donatus Park. You may enjoy a quiet walk or a healthy ride with the bicycle. If you wish to visit the surroundings, you have easy access to Kessel-Lo town or even Brussels.
Leuven annually holds a summer rock festival called Marktrock and a winter cyclocross race.
Leuven has a small population, but around 10% of its inhabitants are international students. You have high chances of meeting young people from all cultures in Leuven but with whom you will share the achievement of a degree abroad.
Dutch-speaking locals are friendly to visitors and eager to show students more of Leuven’s traditions and culture.
The city of Leuven has a cool and sometimes windy weather, based on four seasons. Rainfall usually appears, especially in July, while May is the driest month. During winter, you may notice occasional frost or snowfalls. Temperatures range from 1°C (33.8°F) in winter and 23°C (73.4°F) in summer.
Students may find accommodation in university halls or private rental apartments.
Leuven is a relatively cheap education centre, in comparison to its correspondents in Europe. Total living costs for one person usually add up to 720 - 820 EUR/months. Extra expenses might come from the basic utilities invoice, which is around 100 EUR/month and the transport pass that costs 40 EUR/month.
The University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university as well as one of the most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English.